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If you like chatting about books, why not join one of the reading groups in Bexley's libraries? New members are always welcome.
Please contact your local Bexley library for more details
We'd love to hear your reading group's book news and reviews. Email will.cooban@bexley.gov.uk

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0718187431
Hardback:The chalk man:2018
Author: Tudor, C. J.
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: Looking back, it all started on the day of the fair and the terrible accident. When twelve-year-old Eddie first met the Chalk Man. It was the Chalk Man who gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages between his group of friends. And it was fun, to start with, until the figures led them to the body of a young girl. That was thirty years ago and Ed thought the past was behind him. Then he receives a letter containing just two things: a piece of chalk, and a drawing of a stick figure. As history begins to repeat itself, Ed realises the game was never over.
339 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1787630226
Hardback:The suspect:2019
Author: Barton, Fiona
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: When two 18-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth - and this time is no exception. But she can't help but think of her own son, who she hasn't seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it's personal. And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think.
376 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1473660637
Paperback:The cactus:2018
Author: Haywood, Sarah
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Two Roads
Resource type: Physical
Note: People aren't sure what to make of Susan Green - family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself. At 45, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. When she discovers that her mother's will inexplicably favours her brother, Susan sets out to prove that Edward and his equally feckless friend Rob somehow coerced this dubious outcome. But when problems closer to home become increasingly hard to ignore, she finds help in the most unlikely of places.
371 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405934603
Paperback:No further questions:2018
Author: McAllister, Gillian
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: The police say she's guilty. She insists she's innocent. She's your sister. You loved her. You trusted her. But they say she killed the person you care about most. Martha last saw her sister when she left her babysitting. Now, she's watching Becky stand trial for murder. They are on opposite sides of the courtroom, hearing evidence that's meant to finally bring the truth to light. What happened that night? And does Martha really want to know?
415 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0751562823
Hardback:The other wife:2018
Author: Robotham, Michael, 1960-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? Against the advice of the police, Joe launches his own investigation. As he learns more, he discovers sides to his father he never knew - and is forcibly reminded that the truth comes at a price.
viii, 384 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0241957478
Paperback:The aftermath:2014
Author: Brook, Rhidian
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Hamburg, 1946. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a house, where he will be joined by his wife, Rachael, and son, Edmund. But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his daughter, to leave their home, he insists that the two families live together. Originally published: L. Originally published: London: Viking, 2013 Hamburg, 1946. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a house, where he will be joined by his wife, Rachael, and son, Edmund. But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his daughter, to leave their home, he insists that the two families live together.
326 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)

Reading Groups in Bexley Libraries

 

 

Reading groups for adults are held in all Bexley Libraries and meet monthly.

 

  • Central Library  - Thursday evenings
  • Crayford Library – Wednesday mornings
  • Erith Library – Wednesday mornings
  • Sidcup Library – Wednesday evenings
  • Thamesmead Library – Monday mornings
  • Welling Library – Friday mornings

 

Informal, family friendly “Reader’s Choice” reading groups for parents and carers with babies and toddlers are held monthly at

 

  • Central Library – Thursday mornings
  • Sidcup Library – Monday mornings

 

Welling Library also host an informal reading group called “Book Marks” where members can discuss their latest reads and pass on recommendations. This group meets monthly on Wednesday mornings.

For Jane Austen lovers, there is also a “Jane Austen Reading Group” which meets at Welling Library on alternate Thursday afternoons to learn/discuss all about Jane Austen's life and her novels.

Central Library hosts a reading group for the visually impaired – the group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 10.30am. Guide dogs welcome.

For more information about any of these groups, when the next meeting will be held or how to join, please contact the library or visit our Regular Events for Adults Page

 

Bexley’s Online Reading Group

Bexley Book Buzz is the new online book group from Bexley Libraries. Hosted on the Goodreads website, it’s the place to swap tips about great reads and new authors to try and to catch up on the latest book news. Why not sign up and join in?

Its quick and easy – just click on the link below to sign up and then verify your email address to get started.

Click here to sign up

 

Reading Groups recommend…

From classics to crime to contemporary fiction, our book groups love discovering different things to read and passing on their recommendations.

The Central Library Reading Group have just recommended “The Colour” by Rose Tremain.

Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh landscape threatens to destroy them almost before they begin.

“We loved this book… it was a well written & captivating novel about hardship and hope in 1860’s New Zealand. It’s reflecting Colonial settlements and the Gold rush with a presence of Maori mysticism. A brilliant read!”

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0008157049
Paperback:The mum who'd had enough:2018
Author: Gibson, Fiona
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Avon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Nate Turner has a nice life. He has a steady job as a driving examiner, and lives with his wife Sinead and son Flynn in a lovely house in a good part of town. Yes, it's a very nice life. Until one morning Nate comes downstairs to find Sinead gone and a note lying on the kitchen table, listing all the many things that Nate does wrong - or doesn't do at all. Now, somehow, Nate needs to show Sinead he can change - fast. But as Nate works on being a better husband and dad, his life changes in amazing and unexpected ways. And he starts to wonder whether he wants to go back to normal after all. Could there be more to life than nice?
370 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141039418
Paperback:A new earth, create a better life:2009
Author: Tolle, Eckhart, 1948-
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eckhart Tolle draws on essential spiritual teachings of all ages and traditions to reveal a fresh evolutionary model of spiritual life for the 21st century. Originally published: New York: Dutton; London: Michael Joseph, 2005 Includes bibliographical references.
vii, 313 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0099592479
Paperback:A dictionary of mutual understanding:2016
Author: Copleton, Jackie
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Windmill Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Amaterasu Takahashi has spent her life grieving for her daughter and grandson who were victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945. Now a widow living in America, she believes that one man was responsible for her loss; a local doctor who caused an irreparable rift between mother and daughter. When a man claiming to be Ama's grandson arri. Originally published: London: Hutchinson, 2015 Amaterasu Takahashi has spent her life grieving for her daughter and grandson who were victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945. Now a widow living in America, she believes that one man was responsible for her loss; a local doctor who caused an irreparable rift between mother and daughter. When a man claiming to be Ama's grandson arrives on her doorstep, she is forced to revisit the past; the hurt and humiliation of her early life, the intoxication of a first romance and the realisation that if she had loved her daughter in a different way, she might still be alive today.
294 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241365856
Paperback:La belle sauvage:2018
Author: Pullman, Philip, 1946-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: David Fickling Books in association with Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 Philip Pullman returns to the world of 'His Dark Materials' with this novel, set ten years before 'Northern Lights' and featuring his much-loved character, Lyra Belacqua.
569 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0552557439
Paperback:Girls in tears:2007:New cover reprint.
Author: Wilson, Jacqueline
Author: Sharratt, Nick
Year 2007
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New cover reprint.
Publisher: Corgi
Resource type: Physical
Note: Recounts the boyfriend troubles of Ellie and her friends Magda and Nadine. Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2002 Ellie, Magda and Nadine have got all sorts of trouble. A kiss at a party threatens to break Ellie and Magda's friendship. But they both know that Nadine's about to get into big trouble with an 'Internet date' and only the two of them together can save her. Will pride or friendship come first? Teenage
190 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0552553522
Paperback:Love lessons:2006:New in paperback.
Author: Wilson, Jacqueline
Author: Sharratt, Nick
Year 2006
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New in paperback.
Publisher: Corgi
Resource type: Physical
Note: 263 p. ; 20 cm. Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2005 Prue and her sister have been educated at home by their controlling father. He ends up in hospital. The girls' mother sends them to local comp. Prue and her art teacher, Rax bond over art lessons. As her feelings for Rax develop, she begins to realise that perhaps he feels the same way about her. But he can't act upon them, can he? Teenage fiction Secondary/GCSE
263 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1447284488
Hardback:Tombland:2018
Author: Sansom, C. J.
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Mantle
Resource type: Physical
Note: Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos. The nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector's prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. Since the old King's death, Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry's younger daughter, the Lady Elizabeth. The gruesome murder of Edith Boleyn, the wife of John Boleyn - a distant Norfolk relation of Elizabeth's mother - which could have political implications for Elizabeth, brings Shardlake and his assistant Nicholas Overton to the summer assizes at Norwich.
865 pages, map (colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1787330710
Hardback:Warlight:2018
Author: Ondaatje, Michael, 1943-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself - at once both shadowed and luminous - 'Warlight' is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire. It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women with a shared history, all of whom seem determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) the children. But are they really what and who they claim to be? Many years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn't know or understand in that time, and it is this journey - through reality, recollection, and imagination - that is told in this magnificent novel.
289 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)